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Dick Clark Dies Of Massive Heart Attack

KSCB News - April 18, 2012 4:04 pm

Dick Clark, the music industry maverick, longtime TV host and powerhouse producer who changed the way we listened to pop music with American Bandstand, and whose trademark Rockin’ Eve became a fixture of New Year’s celebrations, died today at the age of 82, ABC News has learned.

Clark, who suffered a serious stroke in 2004 but returned to the airwaves, reportedly died from a heart attack.

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve on ABC became a Dec. 31 tradition, with Clark hosting the festivities for more than three decades, introducing the entertainment acts and, of course, counting down to midnight as the ball dropped in New York’s Times Square.

But the traditional celebration saw a temporary stop in 2004, when Clark suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed and struggling to speak. Regis Philbin stepped in. But by the next New Year’s Eve, Dick Clark was back, his speech still impaired. In halting words, he told the audience, "I had to teach myself how to walk and talk again. It’s been a long, hard fight. My speech is not perfect but I’m getting there."

Clark, whose eternally youthful look earned him the nickname "America’s Oldest Teenager", is survived by his three children and his third wife, Keri Wigton, married to him since 1977.

 

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